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The facade of Indian democracy

Seventy-five years ago, India gained freedom and declared itself a secular state. The constitution of the world’s largest democracy provides for “freedom of conscience and the right of all individuals…

Phantoms in PTI’s mirror

Take this as the measure of the present state of politics in Pakistan that a person of the dubious credentials of Shahbaz Gill has become its flaming point of reference.…

Lifting the economy’s speed limits

Independence Day should be a day of reflection — a conscious endeavour helping us unpack the past and spawn new ideas for the future. For Pakistan’s economy it means understanding…

Minus one?

While vast areas of the country and millions of people suffer the consequences of the massive monsoon rains and floods, the politics of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Imran Khan…

By-elections and beyond

The by-elections scheduled to be held in 20 constituencies throughout Punjab are likely to have a monumental effect on both the current political situation in the country and what may…

Pakistan at 75

Rule of law, transparency, accountability and fair treatment to all citizens are considered as the fundamental principles of good governance deviation from which adversely impacts the law and order situation,…

Silver lining in sight?

The political drama continues. Arguments and moral positions switch in matter of days for politicians and media persons depending upon their respective political leanings. In a sense, those who claim…

A warning to rights activists

IT took the US supreme court about half a century to overturn its own ruling on the abortion rights of women. It took India’s supreme court around half that time…

A warning to rights activists

IT took the US supreme court about half a century to overturn its own ruling on the abortion rights of women. It took India’s supreme court around half that time…